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While not commonly associated with lake and pond environments
from time to time it can be found along the shoreline. This
is especially true if your pond is located in a wooded
People who come in
contact with these plants develop very red skin,
swelling, blisters, and a serious itch.
"Poison ivy can appear as a
ground cover, a shrub, or as a vine growing up a tree. It likes to
grow in places where it is moist. Older vines are covered in
fibrous roots resembling hair that grow into the supporting tree.
It has dull or glossy compound leaves on a long stem that are
divided into 3 leaflets.
The name Poison Oak is often applied to the
shrub-like forms of Poison Ivy. Poison Oak of the southeastern
United States has its leaves divided into three leaflets; the
leaflets are densely haired and generally have three to seven
distinct lobes. The white, berry-like fruits are also somewhat
hairy. Poison oak contains poisonous substances that are believed
to be identical or closely related to that found in Poison
Poison sumac is a shrub or small tree, up to nearly
30 feet in height, with 7-13 leaflets per pinnate leaf. These are
oval to oblong; tapering to a sharp point; and wedge-shaped at the
base. Leaves are wavy-edged; hair-less or slightly down-like hair
on the underside, and usually 2-4 inch long. Its flowers are
Look for leaves of three for poison
ivy and poison oak.
A. Personally, we
would eradicate these plants wherever children or loved ones would
come into contact with them.
A. When the plants
are actively growing.
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